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As I mentioned in my last post, I spent the long weekend re-organizing my latest novel. I was unhappy with the way that it had originally been set up and so I decided to take the time and make the changes that I wanted to make. It took over six hours, a lot of re-thinking and moving and copying and changing the point of view of several scenes and adding far more new scenes than I had thought I would need to, but I finally got it done.
So far, I’m pleased with the changes that I made. The story seems to be much clearer and gets my intent across better. The organization should fix some of the issues that my critique group had with the structure. And, so far at least, it’s been easier to work with. Now, I’m only still editing and haven’t yet gotten to any of the new stuff (with the exception of one new scene, everything that I am working on now is being edited or re-written), but I really believe that the time made the story better.
It was frustrating, to be sure, and sometimes I wanted to just give up and read a book for a while, but I’m glad that I stuck with it.
Next up: organizing my office.
Have you ever made a drastic change to a story?